It was only thanks to a major team effort that this could happen today:
- travelling to the mother whose two daughters were taken by… I shall refrain from naming and shaming the Council for now; they know who they are…
- submitting an Application for Contact (form C100 – obtainable from your local court or online here!!!)
- digging into her life story and building trust – despite all her bad experiences
- attending a ‘Directions’ hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice
- reminding Social Services to comply to the order made
- learning to use Google docs to co-author a ‘skeleton argument and amended grounds for appeal’ and submit it in time
- getting ready for a hearing about the Permission to Appeal
- visiting Social Services who had not complied to the Order
- producing a ‘Position Statement’ – just in case – for ‘the other side’ were going to produce something…
- submitting the McKenzie CV and asking for ‘right of audience’ which was granted. [Since it's up to the discretion of the judge, one never knows...]
The mother came out crying with, I presume a mix of joy and relief, for “she got it”: the permission to appeal. The Appeal will be heard in nearly 3 months: in May 2013.
The key is the precedent case made by Judge Munby, the current President of the Family Division who had said [para 44, iv]
to take a baby at birth is a dreadful thing: dreadful for the father, the mother and the baby…
It refers to this case in the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which emphasised at paras , , ,
that the removal of a child from his mother at or shortly after birth is a “draconian” and “extremely harsh” measure, requiring “exceptional justification” and “extraordinarily compelling reasons” under Article 8.
PS. Our meeting with Austin Mitchell MP in the afternoon is on this blog post.
- Hillsborough families to sue Kelvin MacKenzie over ‘reckless’ coverage (guardian.co.uk)
- Towards 200,000 Views and the Non-Adoption of a War against Shills (victims-unite.net)
- Learning by Doing and Helping by Being – in and out of Courts, on- and off-line (victims-unite.net)
- EVENT: Child Snatching is one of Seven Deadly Syndromes and Seven Media Cover-Ups: House of Commons, Jan. 15th (punishmentwithoutcrime.wordpress.com)
- Mind the Gaps – between Online and Mainstream Media, Government and Public @ the House of Commons (victims-unite.net)
- On Becoming more Effective in the New Year (victims-unite.net)